Micah 5:2-5a —

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.  Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel.  And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.  And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.


from Dawna Watkins, Bluefield, WV

In a time of leadership mistrust, in a period where people are clinging to hope, it’s not so hard to dream of the perfect king, the shepherd leader more like a loving friend who walks beside us and gives us the answers we need to hear. Wow, are we in for a surprise! Just like our Biblical friends, reading the signs and looking through the genealogy charts for the promised leader.  When we are looking for a leader, God surprises us with a poor man’s son, little boy with a sling shot, woman of the night, murdering run-away, and so many more unlikely heroes.  Who is our hoped-for leader? Is it the minister, the politicians, the bankers, the judges, the teachers, who?  I’ve been reading two interesting books by a teenage boy who is making a difference, Take Your Best Shot and Live to Give by Austin Gutwein, a ray of action in a world of adults who are seemingly standing still. Jesus was a ray of action.  Even as a baby, activity was a part of his life. Can we sit by doing normal in light of God moving among us in the seemingly most unlikely ways?

Jesus, will we know you when you come to us again?  May it be.